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Emily Hetu

Posted: January 8, 2011 8:49 p.m.
Updated: January 9, 2011 4:30 a.m.

On Nov. 12, Emily Hetu, of Valencia, was inducted into the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), an AmeriCorps program.  She is the daughter of Beth Greenberg and Michael Hetu.

Hetu began work on her first of four long-term service projects the week of Nov. 15. 

Founded in 1994, AmeriCorps NCCC is a residential national service program that supports disaster relief, the environment, infrastructure improvement, energy conservation, and urban and rural development.

Hetu arrived at NCCC’s Southwest Region Campus in Denver and began training on Wednesday, Oct. 13, for 10 months of full-time service with AmeriCorps NCCC. 

This training emphasized teamwork, leadership development, communication, service learning, and certification by the American Red Cross.

As a Corps Member, Hetu will be responsible for completing a series of six- to eight-week-long service projects as part of a 10- to 12-person team.  

Her first service project ended on Dec. 17, at which time her team enjoyed a break for the winter holidays.

Twenty-eight teams composed of more than 300 corps members and team leaders began service projects in November. 
Twenty-one of the 28 teams deployed from Denver to projects throughout the Gulf Coast and southwestern United States, including a nature reserve in Missouri, a children’s hospital in Arkansas, and long-term hurricane recovery in Louisiana, among others.

The seven remaining teams are working on projects in Colorado.

There are four other NCCC campuses located in Perry Point, Maryland, Vinton, Iowa, Vicksburg, Mississippi and Sacramento, each of which is a hub for its respective area of the country, though teams will travel to other regions for disaster relief projects.

Before joining the NCCC, Hetu attended the University of California, Irvine, which she graduated from in 2010 with a degree in international studies. 

“I knew that I was going to take a year off between college graduation and law school, but I wanted to use that year to do something valuable and worthwhile,” Hetu said. “Community service is a big part of my life, and when I heard about AmeriCorps NCCC, it was great.  I get to spend a year traveling the nation, meeting new people, building upon my leadership skills and participating in unique service opportunities.”

AmeriCorps NCCC members, all 18 to 24 years old, complete at least 1,700 hours of service during the 10-month program.

In exchange for their service, they receive $5,550 to help pay for college. Other benefits include a small living stipend, room and board, leadership development and team building skills.  

AmeriCorps NCCC is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service.  For more information about AmeriCorps NCCC, visit



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